A Statement of Faith

Following is a statement of faith representing the Gospel as typically understood by Christadelphians.

Foundation

The Bible (as defined by the Protestant canon) is God’s inspired Word,1 written in the language of its times and reflecting the writers’ worldview. It is the Christian’s highest authority on matters of doctrine and practice. Any teaching which contradicts the following statement of faith is rejected.

God

There is only one God (Yahweh; the Father) who is one Divine Person2 existing as one omnipotent3 omniscient,4 self-existent5 Being. He communicates with us primarily through His Word the Bible.6

God created the world7 for His good pleasure8 and planned to fill it with His glory.9 He made a covenant with the Jewish patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,10 promising a unique relationship with their descendents11 and the land of Israel as their perpetual inheritance.12 This will be fulfilled when they are reconciled to Him at a future time.13

The Holy Spirit is the presence of God14 and the supernatural power by which He performs His will. Although bestowed in earlier times it is currently unavailable to us.15

Evil

Temptation is common to all human beings.16 Its origins are internal (our own desires) and external (e.g. other people)17 but not supernatural.18 Through their sin19 the first recorded humans20 forfeited the gift of immortality, leaving humanity in a state of sin-prone mortality.21 This necessitated reconciliation22 and salvation23 through Jesus alone.24

Humanity

Human beings are mortal; physical resurrection offers the only hope of life after death.25 Human salvation cannot be achieved by faith alone26 or earned by acts of obedience.27 It is the gift of God, provided by His loving grace.28

Salvation is conditional upon God’s forgiveness, and obedience to the will of God and commandments of Christ.29 God’s forgiveness is conditional upon sincere confession and repentance.30

Christ

Jesus of Nazareth, the promised Jewish Messiah31 was a mortal man32 conceived by divine intervention, on which basis he is the Son of God.33 He was born to the virgin Mary,34 empowered by the Holy Spirit,35 and enjoyed a unique relationship with the Father.36 Although subject to temptation37 and capable of sin,38 he lived a life of obedience to God39 without ever sinning.40

Motivated by His abundant love for us,41 God gave Jesus as an atoning sacrifice for our sins,42 through which He forgives our transgressions43 and offers us immortality.44 We may accept or reject this offer through our own free will.45

In reward for his sinless life Jesus was raised to immortality.46 He now sits at the Father’s right hand47 as our only mediator with God.48 Jesus calls us to remember his sacrifice through a memorial supper in which his body and blood are symbolically represented.49 He instructs us to love and forgive one another, refrain from sin and obey his commandments.50

Community

Those who enter into a covenant relationship with God through true belief, repentance and baptism51 become the children of God,52 sharing in His love and the promises made to Abraham.53 Together they comprise the ‘body of Christ’,54 united in love on the basis of a common faith, and equal before God regardless of their individual differences.55

Christians are pilgrims and sojourners in the world. We accept Jesus alone as our master, keep separate from the politics and military service of earthly nations, and await the establishment of God’s literal kingdom of God on Earth.56

Destiny

At an appointed time (concealed from humanity) Jesus will return to Earth.57 Following a resurrection of the dead,58 he will judge those considered responsible and rule over the world from Jerusalem as king for 1,000 years. The faithful will be rewarded with immortality and a place in Jesus’ kingdom; the unfaithful will be punished with eternal death.59

At the end of this period the mortal population will experience a resurrection and judgement, after which sin and death will be purged from the world and the earth will be filled with the glory of God.60

  1. I Corinthians 14:37; II Timothy 3:16. []
  2. Isaiah 44:6; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; I Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 89:26; Isaiah 63:16; Jeremiah 3:16; Malachi 2:10; Mark 13:32; John 4:21, 23; John 6:27; Romans 15:16; I Corinthians 8:6; I Corinthians 15:24; II Corinthians 1:3; Galatians 1:1, 3; Ephesians 1:17; Ephesians 6:23; I Thessalonians 1:1; II Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4; James 3:9. []
  3. Revelation 19:6. []
  4. Psalm 139:1-16. []
  5. Psalm 90:2; I Timothy 1:17. []
  6. Romans 10:17; I Thessalonians 2:13; I Timothy 2:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:18; I Peter 1:23. []
  7. Genesis 1:1; Genesis 2:4; Psalm 148:1-5; Isaiah 40:26, 28; Isaiah 42:5; Isaiah 45:12, 18; Malachi 2:10; Mark 3:19; Acts 17:24-28; Revelation 10:16. []
  8. Proverbs 16:4; Revelation 4:11. []
  9. Numbers 14:21; Habakkuk 2:14; Revelation 21:3. []
  10. Acts 3:25; Acts 26:6-7; Galatians 3:8; Hebrews 9:15. []
  11. Exodus 19:3-6; Exodus 44:22; Leviticus 26:12; Deuteronomy 7:6; Deuteronomy 14:1-2, 41; Deuteronomy 26:19; Deuteronomy 28:9; Deuteronomy 32:8-10; I Kings 8:51-53; Isaiah 43:15; Isaiah 48:17; Acts 3:17. []
  12. Genesis 13:14-15; Genesis 15:18-21; Genesis 24:7; Genesis 26:3-5; Jeremiah 3:17-18; Acts 7:2-5; Hebrews 11:8. []
  13. Isaiah 4:2; Isaiah 11:1-16; Joel 3:18-21; Zechariah 2:10-13; Malachi 3; Romans 11:1-5; 25-27; Hebrews 8:8-12. []
  14. Psalm 51:11; Psalm 139:7. []
  15. I Samuel 19:20, 23; Ezekiel 11:24; Mark 16:17-18, 20; Luke 1:35; John 10:25, 37-38; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-21, 38-39, 43; Acts 4:29-31; Acts 5:12-14; Acts 8:13, 29, 39; Romans 15:19; I Corinthians 12:4-11; I Corinthians 13:8-10; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:10-13. []
  16. Romans 7:20-25; I Corinthians 10:13. []
  17. Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 15:19; Romans 1:24-32; Galatians 5:19-21; James 1:13-15; James 3:6. []
  18. James 1:13. []
  19. Genesis 3:6, 11-13, 17. []
  20. Genesis 1:26-26, Genesis 2:7, 18-22; I Corinthians 15:45. []
  21. Genesis 3:19; Genesis 6:3; Psalm 58:3; Ezekiel 18:4, 20; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12, 14, 17-19; Romans 6:16, 23; Romans 7:13, James 1:15. []
  22. Genesis 3:15, 21; Leviticus 17:11; Romans 5:10; II Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 2:17; Revelation 5:9. []
  23. Isaiah 59:15-16; I Timothy 2:3; II Timothy 1:8-9; I Thessalonians 5:9-10. []
  24. Acts 4:10-12; I Thessalonians 5:9; II Timothy 3:15. []
  25. Genesis 6:17; Job 7:9-10; Job 14:5-12; Job 19:25-27; Psalm 6:5; Psalm 49:14-15; Psalm 89:48; Ecclesiastes 9:3-6, 10; Ecclesiastes 12:5-7; Isaiah 38:18; Isaiah 40:6; I Corinthians 15:51-54; I Peter 1:24. []
  26. Matthew 21:28-31; Matthew 25:34-46; James 1:22-25; James 2:14, 17-26. []
  27. Matthew 7:21-23; Romans 3:27-28; Romans 4:1-6; Romans 9:31-32; Romans 11:16; Galatians 2:16; II Timothy 1:9. []
  28. Luke 12:32; Romans 5:15; Romans 6:23; Romans 2:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-5. []
  29. Matthew 5:19; Matthew 19:17; Luke 12:8-9; John 14:15; John 14:21; John 15:10; I Corinthians 7:19; Hebrews 6:43-6; Hebrews 10:26-27; I John 1:8-10; I John 2:3-4; I John 3:22; I John 3:24; I John 5:2-3; II John 1:6; Revelation 22:14. []
  30. Matthew 4:17; Luke 13:3-5; Acts 2:37-38; Acts 3:19; Acts 8:22; Acts 17:30; Acts 26:20; Romans 10:10; I John 1:9. []
  31. Matthew 2:1-6; Matthew 12:17-21; Matthew 21:4-5; Luke 24:44-46; John 1:41; John 4:25-26, 42; John 10:31; Acts 2:23; Acts 3:18-24; Acts 26:22-23. []
  32. Matthew 28:7; Mark 15:39; John 8:4; Acts 3:15; Acts 13:34; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 5:7; Revelation 5:9. []
  33. Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35. []
  34. Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:26-27, 34. []
  35. Matthew 3:16; Luke 4:1, 14; John 3:34; Acts 10:38. []
  36. Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 1:18. []
  37. Matthew 4:1; Hebrews 2:18. []
  38. Hebrews 4:15. []
  39. John 4:34; John 17:4. []
  40. II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; I Peter 2:21-22. []
  41. John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-7; II Thessalonians 2:16; I John 4:10, 19. []
  42. Romans 3:23-25; Romans 5:8, 11; I Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 1:3-4; Hebrews 7:26-27; Hebrews 9:15, 26; Hebrews 10:12; I Peter 2:24; I John 2:1-2; I John 3:5; I John 4:10; Revelation 1:5; Revelation 12:10. []
  43. John 3:15; Romans 3:23-25; Romans 5:11; Hebrews 7:26-27; Hebrews 9:15, 26; Hebrews 10:12; I John 2:1-2; I John 4:10. []
  44. Mark 10:29-30; John 3:14-15; John 6:54; John 10:27-28; Romans 2:7; Romans 6:23; Titus 1:1-2; John 2:24-25; Jude :21. []
  45. Deuteronomy 30:19; John 3:18; John 6:63-64; John 12:37-43; Acts 4:1-4; Acts 19:8-9; Acts 28:23-24. []
  46. Acts 2:22-24; Revelation 1:18. []
  47. Matthew 26:64; Mark 16:19; Luke 22:69; Acts 7:55-56; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 10:12; Hebrews 12:2; I Peter 3:22. []
  48. Romans 8:34; I Timothy 2:25; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 7:26; I John 2:1. []
  49. Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 10:1;6 I Corinthians 11:23-26. []
  50. Matthew 18:21-22, 32-35; Mark 11:25-26; Luke 6:37; Luke 17: 3; John 13:34; John 14:15. 21; John 15:10, 12, 14; I John 2:1-3; I John 3:23. []
  51. Matthew 26:28-29; Mark 16:16; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 2:37-38, 41; Acts 3:19; Acts 8:12; Acts 16:31-33; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:1-4; Hebrews 9:13-15; I Peter 3:18-21; I John 1:9. []
  52. John 1:9-13; Romans 8:14-17; I John 5:2. []
  53. Romans 9:6-8; Galatians 3:6-14, 26-29; I John 5:2. []
  54. I Corinthians 10:16-17; I Corinthians 12: 12-13, 27. []
  55. Romans 13:3-5; I Corinthians 12:12-20; Galatians 1:6-9; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 4:1-6. []
  56. Daniel 2:44; John 18:36; John 15:19; John 17:16; Hebrews 11:8-10, 13-16; I Peter 2:9, 11. []
  57. Matthew 16:27; Matthew 24:36-39; Matthew 25:13, 31; Mark 13:32; Acts 1:11. []
  58. Daniel 12:2; Mark 12:26; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 6:14; I Corinthians 15:2, 16, 20-21; II Corinthians 4:14. []
  59. Isaiah 2:2-4; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 1:31-33; John 5:28-29; Acts 17:30-31; Romans 2:3-10; Romans 14:10-12; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15:50-54; II Corinthians 5:10; II Timothy 4:1; Revelation 20:3-6. []
  60. Numbers 14:21; Revelation 20:1-5, 12-15; Revelation 21:1-4. []